Rose Water: the VERSATILE Extract You Can Make at Home

Make your own rose water at home! this versatile tincture has many uses for beauty and self care.

Love the smell of roses? Have a garden and would love new ways to use your blooms? Looking for self care that is all natural? FD Lifestyle has got you! Welcome to DIY Beauty and Self Care on Guest author @Fwitchery has a method for making your OWN rose water at home to share with FDL readers. Read on for her secrets to making your own rose water, the versatile and fragrant extract you’re probably buying but can MAKE on your own:

Herbal Beauty Remedies: Rose Water

Rose water is extremely good for multiple homemade beauty projects…. Hair mist, body mist, facial toner, and really so much more. It’s antibacterial, it’s hydrating, it’s anti-inflammatory, it’s an antioxidant, it’s an astringent, the scent is a mood booster… So today I am going to go over how to make rose water as well as some recipes for what you can use it for.

It’s important to use organic rose petals. So rose petals from your garden are good if you know you didn’t put chemicals on them. Otherwise I recommend ordering dried rose petals from a trusted source. If you do use fresh petals make sure to pick them early in the morning when they are the most fragrant.

Try this method for starters

There are 2 ways to make rose water. Simmering and distilling. I am going to cover simmering today as that is the method I have done. It is worth noting that simmering it makes it last 2-3 weeks in the fridge or 1 week on the counter. Distilling is more difficult but it lasts up to 6 months at room temperature.

  1. Measure 1/4 cup of dried rose petals into your saucepan. Use 1/2 to 3/4 cup if you are using fresh petals. I used fresh petals and went on the heavy side here.
  2. Pour 1 1/2 cups water into your saucepan.
  3. Cover and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce temperature to the lowest setting that still allows the water to simmer.
  5. Simmer until the color of the rose petals has faded. Some say this happens in 5-10 minutes. I did a double batch so it took more like 20 minutes.
  6. Leave the lid on and cool completely.
  7. Pour water and petals through the nut bag or cheesecloth into a dark, clean bottle. You can use a funnel or strain into a measuring bowl with a pour spout and then pour into your dark bottle.
  8. Store in the refrigerator for several weeks or on the counter for up to one week.

Ok now that you’ve made your rose water what do you do with it?

Hair Detangler/Hair perfume

Put a 2 cups(ish) of rose water into a spray bottle.

Add 3 drops each of the following essential oils. If you don’t have them or like them feel free to switch it up, but all of these essential oils brings something to the table for your hair.






*Clary Sage


For added moisture put in a teaspoon of coconut oil.

Body Mist:

2 cups(ish) of rose water into a spray bottle.

*6 drops of lavender oil

*6 drops of Rosemary Oil

*6 drops of frankincense oil

*3 drops of tea tree oil

All of these oils are very good for your skin 🙂

Buying Rose Water Face Toner? Make it!

Facial Toner:

Use a small dark vial fill with rose water then add 4 drops of frankincense oil & 4 drops of tea tree oil. You can also add rose oil if you have to pocketbook for it and want an extra kick.

There are many other uses for rose water, you can put it in your bath water, you can add it to your tea, you can spray your house and linens with it. Get creative and have a rosy day!


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